Eva Lake: The Anonymous Woman
Collage, 2011- 2013
Some of the Anonymous Women showed at VOLTA NYC in the frosch and portmann booth in March 2013 and will show in June 2013 at VOLTA9 in Basel, Swtizerland.
They also showed at Some Walls in Oakland, CA, closing December 31, 2012.
In another body
of work, Targets, I dealt with famous women. Some suggested that the use of
anonymous women might be an interesting choice. At the time I was determined to
mine a known feminine narrative.
Nonetheless I became aware that I certainly had an investment with beauties
unknown, models and the like. Many come from previous eras, before models were
names. I couldn’t resist collecting their faces, just as I had collected the
After a fifteen year hiatus, during 2009 and 2010, I had also worked as a makeup artist again. Going into it that time, my whole view of the face was different - I mean the one I montaged with, not just the one I painted commercially. The return to a makeup career, such as it was, freed up and reshuffled my idea of the anonymous beauty. I had also a heightened idea of the face as cut up body parts, well aware that women’s faces are sliced and diced all the time.
I recall a fellow artist once telling me that beauty was dangerous. I knew this to be the truth in painting, but I also felt it was the case in many other things, including women. What I want to do with beauty and glorious artifice is put her where you least expect her to be. She's often shoved into a box and I want to bust her out. She’s the ocean, the sky, the forest. She’s the skyscraper, the Pantheon, the illuminated manuscript. She's also the wall, the decor, the carpet you step on. And she is also a girl from Southern Oregon, gazing down a muddy dirt road.
On The Women:
Some Walls Essay
Frosch and Portmann PR
Art & Fashion Salon